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WHO raises COVID-19 risk to ‘very high’

Civil protection volunteers conduct health checks at Bologna, Italy's international airport on February 6, 2020 (AN/Italian Civil Protection Department)

WHO raised its global risk assessment for the coronavirus to “very high” as some nations struggled with containment and economic fears lashed markets.

U.N. issues ‘call to action’ on human rights

The U.N. Human Rights Council chamber in Geneva, with its dome painted by Miquel Barceló, one of Spain’s leading contemporary artists (AN/Eric Bridiers)

U.N. leaders challenged nations, businesses and citizens to respond to a “call to action” for greater efforts to withstand a rising tide of human rights abuses.

L’Arche probe discloses abuses by founder

The late Jean Vanier, a Geneva-born Canadian Catholic philosopher who founded L'Arche International in France (AN/Kotukaran)

L’Arche International, which supports people with learning disabilities, announced its late founder, Jean Vanier, sexually abused six women in France.

U.N. targets nexus of terror and small arms

MONUSCO, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo, collects and destroys small arms taken from armed groups in 2015 (AN/Abel Kavanagh)

The U.N.’s counterterrorism chief launched a new project taking on the threat posed by terror groups, organized crime and trafficking in illicit small arms.

U.N. agencies say kids lose ‘liveable planet’

Young children race each other at a refugee camp in Eastern Chad (AN/Fréderic Noy)

Children who grow up in countries least responsible for global warming suffer twice as many health problems as wealthier nations that pollute the most.

Afghan refugees seek return after 40 years

Afghan Refugees in Islamabad (AN/Hashoo Foundation)

Afghan refugees appealed to Pakistan and the U.N. for more support at a conference, hoping to return home after four decades of fleeing wars and conflict.

Treaty talks to save more migratory species

Sandhill cranes and snow geese in sunrise light at Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado (AN/Patrick Myers)

Delegates from 111 nations at a U.N. conference in India met to protect migratory species and their habitats at a time when nature is nearing a breaking point.

Munich summit questions ‘Westlessness’

A news conference at the 2020 Munich Security Conference (AN/MSC/Hentschel)

Fears of a divided West challenged by China are a challenge and opportunity for multilateralism to show its worth, a three-day summit in Munich concluded.

U.N. sees record displacement in Syria war

American mechanized infantry troops in eastern Syria in November (AN/DeAndre Pierce)

The Assad regime’s Russia-backed offensive against the last rebel-held area of northwestern Syria caused the biggest single displacement in a nine-year war.

Sudan to hand over al-Bashir for ICC trial

Then-Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir arriving at Juba in 2011 (AN/Al Jazeera English)

In a surprise move, Sudan’s transitional government will extradite former leader Omar al-Bashir to the ICC on charges of genocide and war crimes in Darfur.